Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You Know Your an Old Married Couple When...

You get excited about this type of purchase.

Erin and I have been looking at my credit card reward points and realize I've accumulated many over the past five years or so. Wedding expenses and an engagement ring rack up the points quickly!

We've decided it's time to step up our game in the cleaning department. That's why we've decided to get a Dyson Ball Vac - the Mercedes Benz of vacuums. It's a major purchase that thankfully we've already essentially paid for through other things. Before you know it, Erin and I will be smoothly steering this baby through our condo, sucking up dirt from three floors down.

This decision got me thinking. What are some other purchases that newly married couple get excited about?

  • A blender
  • Welcome mat outside your door
  • New bedding
  • Obviously, according to this post, a vacuum.
  • Waffle iron (that might just be me...)
  • Fancy boxes and tubs for organizing
Have some things to add to the list? Let us know with a comment below. Happy Wednesday! We're halfway home.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Greatest Whitney Houston Cover of All Time

Whitney Houston news has finally fizzled out, but her music continues to show up everywhere - especially on YouTube. One of my new favorite performers released a homemade music video of him performing "Wanna Dance With Somebody," and it is amazing. The best part is that he recorded it before Houston's death, so he doesn't look like a wannabe.

His name is Ben Rector and I have two of his albums and they are amazing. Go download them now. He's playing in Denver March 12, but he's just opening for a band. Is it weird if I pay the $26 and just leave after his set? Enjoy this song!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fashion Police: The Dodson Edition

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? Andrew and I did, and I must say, I was a little disappointed. I found the whole thing to be a little boring (even though I thoroughly enjoyed Billy Crystal's "Chapter Eleven Theater" joke). Maybe it's because Hugo and The Artist pretty much swept every category and we've seen neither. I am a little more intrigued by Hugo after last night, but still a little skeptical of The Artist (really, the ENTIRE thing is silent??). Even though The Descendants and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn't win any big awards, however, they are still on our must-see list (we've already seen The HelpMidnight in Paris and Moneyball).

The fashion, however, (in my opinion) did NOT disappoint last night. Below are my picks for best and worst dressed of the evening.

Best Dressed:

Cameron, you look stunning as usual. And I love the adorable new haircut.

Andrew said she looks like a present with the bow and I know Nicole Kidman wore something almost identical a few years back, but I think Emma looked beautiful last night. Maybe it's just because I love her. But I still think the dress is gorgeous.

Bridesmaid's Rose Byrne. Her hair, the dress. Everything. So classy and elegant.

Once she took that weird cape-thing off, I thought Gwyneth looked absolutely beautiful. This dress is so simple, yet elegant and classic. I kept thinking what a cool, alternative wedding dress it would make.

And Worst Dressed:

Just because you could see a small part of her nipple all night. Not a huge fan of the sleeves either...

I thought Angelina looked too pale and frail. And the pose she felt was necessary to strike all night is a tad ridiculous. Brad makes up for his other half though...

And finally, Sacha Baron Cohen. The picture speaks for itself. Ryan Seacrest seemed a little less than thrilled to have Kim Jong II's "ashes" poured all over him. 

Did you tune in last night? What were your thoughts? Have you seen any of the movies I mentioned above (or any of the other nominees)? What did you think?

And for a little Monday afternoon giggle, a tumblr about a baby's take on this year's best picture nominees.

Happy Monday!



Happy Birthday to my Lovely Mother

From left, my dad Bill, me, Erin, and the birthday girl — my mom!
We're using today's blog post to say happy birthday to my mom Terry!

My mom has become one of the more tech-savy moms out there today. She actively uses Facebook, knows all the texting lingo, and we can even FaceTime (and Skype) with each other — which is good because it's hard to really see each other 2,000 miles apart.

Unfortunately, we can't get back to Michigan sooner, but we will be there this May for a Michigan wedding reception. So more FaceTime nights to come until then.

So, Happy Birthday to my mom Terry! Everything I've accomplished today is because of you — and we can't wait to see you this spring. Cheers!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Home Improvements in our Denver Condo

Erin finally returned home last night after spending nearly there weeks in New York City. Upon her return, I surprised her with a new desk — and flowers — in our condo! One step closer to a completely paperless life.

As people in accounting (or married to someone in accounting) know, busy season is nonstop. So while Erin came back yesterday, she had to work another full day today. It's even worse that it's absolutely beautiful outside today.

What are you up to this weekend? This is what's going on in the news...

Slow start to the flu season, but it's coming

An absolutely awesome concept of the iPhone 5

80% of (mostly older) people, still subscribe to AOL and dial-up

Greg Monroe should make the Pistons an elite team

5 absurd scientific myths that people actually believe

Friday, February 24, 2012

Top 5 Instagram Photos of the Week

It's Friday, so I'm allowed to have a little fun. Erin flies back into Denver (finally!) tonight and we can finally have a relaxing weekend where we sit on the couch and do absolutely nice. Doesn't that sound amazing?

In the past couple of weeks, I've gotten really into Instagram — and I think Erin has also. If you're not sure what Instagram is, you're probably living under a rock. This week at Exclusive Resorts, I wrote a blog post about Instagramming your vacation. You can learn all about the popular iPhone app in that blog post.

On this Friday, I'm taking the liberty to pick out the top 5 Instagram photos of the week. This could be a fun little series to keep up — we'll make up that decision once we see how well it does traffic-wise. One of these five photos is by a college friend who has taken some great shots. Enjoy your Friday!
This shot comes from The Daily — the iPad-only digital newspaper. They met up with Alabama super fan Jack Blackenship. He brings a giant poster of his terribly distracting face to all games and the crowd goes crazy whenever the opposing team misses a free throw. The Daily met up with Blankeship this past week in New York, when the Crimson Tide fan was featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Jordan Holsinger, a college friend of mine, poses with his dog at the Ridge at Lick Creek in Montana.
This Instagrammer — Shamwoww — has a really popular feed where he tells the story of Woody from Toy Story. If you check him out (use to search online), enjoy this hilarious series of photos.
This might be a little biased, but isn't it hilarious? Erin shot this at the Smith in New York City over the weekend. What was really weird is, when you went downstairs to the bathrooms, there was only one. And it was a mixed gender bathroom. Go figure.
And because I really miss track and field this week (it's the indoor conference championships this weekend for Erin's and my alma mater), I had to feature this photo of Olympian sprinter Allyson Felix. She is a beast. And she might try the 200-400 double at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Why being together is always perfect

Throughout the work day, Erin and I email each other updates on how our days going. There's typically many "I miss you" and "today is dragging" messages, along with the occasional "you won't believe what just happened" messages.

Yesterday, I received one of the nicest emails during the day from Erin that made me pause at work and reflect on how lucky we really are to have each other. The email was about our weekend in New York City.
"...I don't even have a favorite part because even the littlest, meaningless parts were so perfect — like wandering down the street, or getting sangria at Avenue Q. Had I been alone or with someone else doing those things, they would have been next to meaningless. But with you, they were these perfect little moments.  We can be doing absolutely nothing, yet I'll still stop for a second and think back to those moments, and get a warm fuzzy feeling. I feel like that's how you know you're really supposed to be with someone..."
While that was just a sample of what Erin sent me, I'm sure you get the idea. When you're in love, it doesn't matter if you're enjoying a night in watching TV, or at a fancy restaurant where the final bill for two flirts with $300. It only matters that you're with your best friend.

If you're lucky enough and already found the right person to spend the rest of your life with, reflect on that idea today. If you're still looking, don't get discouraged — they're still out there.

Happy Thursday — you're almost there. Cheers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New York City is Fast - and so are Vacations

A snapshot after our dinner at Adour in the St. Regis hotel.
If you're not careful, a vacation can come and go faster than a New York City cab racing down 5th Avenue. That's how it felt when I returned from the city early Monday morning.

Erin and I had a blast in NYC. We can say that we crammed in a ton of fun activities, but never felt rushed — which is pretty ironic, being that everyone is in a rush in New York. We have plenty of stories of our adventures, but here's the quick summary:

  • Friday night dinner and drinks was spent in Brooklyn with my best man Shawn.
  • A Saturday morning stroll around midtown
  • Front row seats to Avenue Q in the afternoon
  • An extremely fancy dinner at Adour — the Alaine Ducasse restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel.
  • Sunday morning brunch at The Smith in the East Village
  • Brunch was followed by a long walk through some eclectic neighborhoods
  • A visit to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty
  • Later, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial site
  • Afternoon drinks at the Boathouse in Central Park
  • Dinner at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods
This is just a sampling — there are plenty of stories to come. I just have way too much laundry and cleaning to do around here for now. (Erin finally returns home after three weeks this Friday!)

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Be back later...

We're loving New York City! And we just wanted to let you know that we'll return to blogging Monday or Tuesday. We hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Modern and Chic New York City Penthouses and Lofts

Growing up, I always said I would live in New York City, work as a writer and live in a downtown penthouse with a cat. That could still happen — but I'd also invite Erin to live with me.

I head out for NYC this afternoon after being apart from my wife for way too long. We have tickets to a show, Valentine's Day Week dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant and plenty of sightseeing to do. Since part of my life-goal (as a small child) was to live in a downtown penthouse, here are some properties to drool over. (Ours will definitely have a baby grand piano in the main living area.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My New York City Life

(Minus the whole working part...)

A few pictures from my first week here..

Adour in the St. Regis- where Andrew and I will be enjoying dinner on Saturday night
Lovely Bergdorf window displays...
Inside Tiffany & Co.
The side of the Blakely (my hotel in Midtown)
The famous Palm Court at the Plaza (Eloise anyone?)
Carnegie Hall Tower- where I spend 12-13 hours of my day
5th Avenue
The foyer of the Plaza

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's a Birthday Kind of Valentine's Day

I LOVE Valentine's Day. Growing up, I looked forward to it every year. I loved making little valentines for my classmates, loved the classroom Valentine's parties, and I ESPECIALLY loved coming home to a special dinner, watching my dad bring my mom roses and a gift, and Carly (my sister) and I always getting really good gifts from him ourselves. One year we both got ipods. Such a good day. I would find out a little later in life how good this day really is. It is the day the love of my life was born.

When Andrew and I first started dating and February rolled around, I told him that I was "just one of those girls that doesn't care about Valentine's day". Ridiculous, I know. I just didn't know how celebrating his birthday AND Valentine's Day on the same day would work. I didn't want Andrew to feel obligated to do something special for me on HIS day. He, like the wonderful man he his, didn't listen and got me gifts anyway. And the next year, he got me a Tiffany & Co. necklace, even though he was still under the impression that I didn't like Valentine's Day. Finally, the next year, I told him my true feelings about the holiday. And since then, I've decided to fully embrace both aspects of the day. How wonderful is it that I get to celebrate my husband AND the love we have on the same day?!

So in the spirit of BOTH of those things today...

To my husband and best friend on your birthday,

I love how cheerful you are in the mornings. Every. Single. Morning. I love how supportive of me you are, and how supportive you've been of my job and my crazy, hectic schedule. I love how when I don't want to get out of bed in the mornings to get ready for work, and I tell you that I will if you rub my back for a little bit, you actually do. I love how patient you are with me. Even when I'm clamouring around the kitchen like a mad woman looking for the exact pan that I want to use. I love how you will DVR my shows for me. And then watch them with me. I love that you love taking pictures and documenting our lives. I love how excited you get about the little things. Like budgeting and our at-home office. I love how well you take care of me when I'm sick. Like buying a $20 box of alka seltzer for me in St. Lucia. I love how obsessed with cats you are (even though I still get a little creeped out when you email me random pictures of cats from Craigslist). I love how after two seconds in your arms, I feel better. I love how you pick me up from work when I have to work late. I love how you're the first one to suggest we make an ice cream run. I love how easy going you are. I love that you talk in your sleep. I love the way you dance. I love how ridiculously obsessed you are with tech-y things. I love how driven you are. I love how you make me laugh. I love that we get to spend the rest of our lives together, making an endless amount of memories.


I love most of all that this day celebrates YOU. Without you, I don't know where I would be- I'm sure nowhere near as perfect as here.

I can not wait until I am sitting accross from you at Adour, champagne in hand, and staring into your eyes. Five days!

I love you forever and always.

your wife, Erin